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La Tour Eiffel by sticmann La Tour Eiffel by sticmann
speed paint composition study
Critique encouraged

~25 minutes
gimp + wacom
ref used: [link]
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:iconjasinski:
jasinski Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. nicely done. i love the vibrant line work and energy of it all.
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Thank you very much :)
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VidPen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Great perspective and composition
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Thanks, but it pretty much came straight from the reference photo I used :P That's something I need to be careful of doing because when I first started painting, I'd just try to get as close to my reference as I could (which can be good practice). But now I need to back off the ref and make it my own.
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VidPen Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Funny thing, for me I need to use more reference photos to get more practice. I too often just make up a place without really learning more about how to make it look more believable.
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sticmann Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
A delicate balance, to be sure.
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VidPen Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Indeed :nod:
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Prospass Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Niiiice,

Thanks for the french people :D
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
hahaha :D
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very nicely done comp.
There is a small issue at the bottom right of the tower just under the first stage which interrupts the flow up to the top a bit, but I'm being real picky now. I've got so many wanna-do's for this one, it's hard picking...I may have to do them all.
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
I may end up doing another since, as Kara pointed out, I pretty much just copied the reference picture. :P
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I suppose it would somewhat defeat the purpose of doing it...Actually i'm gonna do another one or two, there are so many cool landmarks out there (guess I have been inspired) ;)
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Yep. I see you've got another one up already. Lemme check it out :)
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Sky-fyre Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
wow amazing!
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Thanks :)
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Arrrg! This is beautiful! and you finished with 5 minutes to spare! Double Argh! I don't think I can keep up! :D

Excellent job
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
hahaha You're so funny.
That's why I'm encouraging the use of a reference pic for these exercises. It helps.
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
But in that case, wouldn't you be copying someone else's composition rather than figuring one out on your own?
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
A very good point. In trying to not worry about the subject matter too much, I overshot and lifted the entire composition. Suggestions?
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Well for the Eiffel I don't think you can do it without solid reference, at least not from that angle! For my lighthouse, I just looked at paintings and drawings of other artists concepts for an idea and did a totally different perspective. Perhaps going forward, just use photos for ideas but make the image entirely your own.
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Sounds good. Blast google for finding me a great looking reference photo!
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
That'll teach you! :laughing: At least you know good composition when you see it. ;)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Like in photography. Easier to find than to create.
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